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Al Owen skips across the water in his C-Hydro Entry during the NBRA Nationals at Raccoon Lake.

NBRA Boat Racing Event on Raccoon Lake a Success

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The man behind the National Boat Racing Association annual races at Raccoon Lake is pleased with the results of this year's event held over the weekend.  Al Owen says the weather even ended up cooperating.

"It was a beautiful weekend, and we had a great turnout. This is one of the largest [races] that we've had." Owen said.

And it was a good success for Owen personally, as he took first place in the C-Hydro event on Saturday and earned second and third place finishes in other races over the weekend.  Another local participant, Mike Kirkendoll of of Waltonville, took first in the D Runabout competition on Saturday.   Owen will be putting in a bid to hold another race at Raccoon Lake next year.

"We'll go to our national meeting and [make our proposal]. We'll probably be back with a race. I just don't know what type yet." Owen said, "But everybody loved this place."

Owen notes the event attracted voters from a number of states, noting first place finishers came from Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Michigan as well as Illinois.  

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